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Fan Friday 4-3

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 3:24 pm

Another Fan Friday as we inch closer to the NFL Draft. Got some interesting questions this week. Keep them coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Chris
In college Brad Butler played right tackle. Do you think the Bills would think about switching Brad Butler and Langston Walker. Brad is quicker and Langston would be a monster inside?

Thanks
John

CB: I don’t see this change happening. Walker is best on the edge in my opinion and I felt had a very good season in 2008. Moving to left tackle for the opener in place of the ‘not ready’ Jason Peters, then back to right tackle was yeoman’s work.

Butler I believe is the type of player you want inside. A guy that likes to mix it up and get nasty. I don’t know that Brad is necessarily quicker than Walker. Just because Walker is 366 pounds, don’t assume the man can’t move. His feet are well above average for a man his size.

 
2. What’s happening with Chris Ellis? He was our 3rd rounder last year after all, his injury has set him back no doubt, but we haven’t heard any word on him lately? Is he healing well? Will he be the force we want him to be, allowing us to maybe go after one of the other needs that early at 11, like OL or TE where a lot of people are looking at players to fill gaps. Is Chris doing well enough for us to put DE at a second pick this year? If he’s not, than I sure hope we go DE -1st, and find some prospects to mold like we seem to do so well for our other positional needs.
-Jonathan Wyman
Virginia

CB: I think the team still has a lot of faith in what Chris Ellis can do for the defense. He is healthy and he’s here participating in the offseason conditioning program. I believe he needs to get stronger physically to hold up better against the run. It could get him more snaps this year.

The bottom line however, is the jury is still out on him so adding more pass rush talent is necessary and early. They need a pass rusher that was dominant at the college level. Someone that can make an impact as a rookie. You only get those kinds of players at 11. Aaron Maybin, Everette Brown and Brian Cushing (a LB) are the three I would target.

If it’s Cushing in round one I probably wouldn’t address DE until round three knowing the team needs offensive line or tight end help. Cushing can help on the pass rush.

The unconfirmed reports about Cushing testing positive for steroids would end my preference for him as a player if they proved to be true.

 
3. Chris,
 
       Wondering if Derrick Brooks is a possiblilty to help us with the Cover-2 Tampa defense ?
 
    Todd Logan

CB: I think the Bills will see how they fare in the draft at the LB position before they entertain the possibility of adding a player like Brooks.

 
4. Any word on Schobel’s foot injury?  Will he be able to be the force he once was and help the pass rush?  He is the rock of that line.
 
Curt

CB: Schobel is recovering nicely. Surgery as we reported back in early February will not be necessary. Whether he can be the force he once was as a pass rusher is a question only Schobel can answer through his play. He can say he feels fine and that he’s back to normal, but his play will be the only ammunition he has and he knows that.

 
5. Chris,
   
            What are your thoughts and opinions on Larry English, and him fitting in as a Buffalo Bill?  Also do you think we could draft him in the 2nd round, or will he probably be scooped up by then?  With his size and athleticism I believe he is a Terrell Suggs type player where he could play LB or DE…….What do you think he will be more of? 
 
Thanks – Showtime.

CB: If the right team likes English he could be off the board at the bottom of round one. After running a 4.74 and 4.79 40-times at his pro day I think that’s a possibility. There are some teams that are concerned that he might not be strong enough to hold up as an every down DE in a 4-3 system. I believe he can.

For a DE it’s more about explosiveness and with a 36-inch vertical and a 1.59 10-yard dash I believe he has the burst to be productive off the edge. He’s a little short at 6’2”, which is why some teams consider him a 3-4 OLB.

He has a similar issue to that of Everette Brown. Brown gets more of the benefit of the doubt having played in the ACC. Playing in the MAC knocks English down a peg by some talent evaluators, right or wrong.

I think if the Bills don’t get a DE in round one, English is definitely an option in round two, provided he’s still on the board.


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Edwards meets Condy Rice

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2009 – 2:10 pm

By participating in the NFL Business and Entrepreneurial program at his alma mater (Stanford) earlier this week, Bills quarterback Trent Edwards also got a chance to rub elbows with some pretty noteworthy people.

Trent told Buffalobills.com via email that during the program former 49ers TE Brent Jones was one of the more interesting speakers. He also took in Stanford spring practice with Brad Butler, who was participating in the program out there as well.

But the most impressive meeting was Trent making the acquaintance of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Rice has ties to Stanford, and is a fan of football. Talk about big man on campus.


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Butler did meet a Bills fan overseas

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2009 – 3:01 pm

In Brad Butler’s trip overseas to visit with the troops the Bills guard did run into a Bills fan, just not where or how he expected to.

“I went to Paris for two days on the way back home to the States and the subway system there is notorious for being complex and I got turned around a bit and the first person I met and talked to there was from the States and they were big Bills fans from Buffalo,” said Butler. “So I did meet a Bills fan and I knew it was going to happen. As soon as I talked to him and he told me he was from the U-S and I asked where and he said from Buffalo. I knew it would happen.”

For the record Butler also confirmed that the troops were significantly more interested in the two Jills that accompanied him on the trip than him. Apparently Poz, who went to Iraq last year with some Jills in two told him that would be the case and the Bills linebacker wasn’t wrong.

One other footnote. The guy standing on the far left of the photo on the home page next to Butler is Bills former OL Aaron Merz.


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Running right productive

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 2:20 pm

As a follow up to our video report on the Bills resurgent run game I thought I would also add the stats of running left, middle, right thus far this season.

Running to the left (behind Dockery and Peters) is what Buffalo has done the most with 108 total carries. They’ve averaged 4.1 yards per carry with 2 touchdowns.

Running to the right (behind Butler and Walker) hasn’t been done as often with just 61 carries, but the production has been good as they’ve averaged 4.6 per carry with a touchdown to their credit.

The most touchdowns have come from rushing up the middle this season (5). Naturally running up the middle involves a lot of short yardage plays, which is why the average is just 2.7.

So one might think it’s wise to run to the right a bit more often in light of the half yard improvement in yards per carry average to that of the left.

But 15 percent of the time, Buffalo has been stuffed when running to the right (meaning no positive yardage). Running to the left they’ve only been stuffed 11 percent of the time.

A marginal difference on the surface, but when you consider they’ve run to the left 47 more times this season and that percentage is still lower, odds are running to the left will yield more.

Personally I think Jason Peters is playing some of his best football. His last three games have been outstanding, so I’m all for continuing to run to the left and wouldn’t be surprised by season’s end if the yards per carry average to the left catches up with the average running right.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2008 – 5:21 pm

Donte Whitner, James Hardy and Robert Royal are all questionable for Monday night’s game against Cleveland. All three participated on a limited basis in practice Friday.

We’ll have more information shortly on the home page at buffalobills.com.

RG Brad Butler is probable and expected to start after a three-game absence with a sprained MCL.

Doubtful is Josh Reed.

Out for Monday night’s game will be Aaron Schobel.


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Bills injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2008 – 7:36 pm

TE Robert Royal was the only change to Buffalo’s injury report. He was added after turning an ankle in practice Wednesday and did not participate Thursday.

RG Brad Butler participated fully for a second straight day and did so in pads, so as long as the knee feels good Friday, he’s likely to start Monday night.

“We’ll see how he tolerates it tomorrow, but he got through it,” said Dick Jauron.

WR James Hardy was back at practice, but participated on just a limited basis, as did Donte Whitner. We’ll have more details on Whitner’s situation on the home page.

Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed did not practice.


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Whitner limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2008 – 8:21 pm

Donte Whitner was limited in practice according to head coach Dick Jauron, but Jauron said, “He looked pretty good.”

We’ll have more on Whitner’s potential availability for Monday night’s game on the home page later this afternoon.

Not participating in practice was Aaron Schobel, James Hardy and Josh Reed.

Hardy is dealing with a hip flexor injury, but Jauron anticipates that he’ll be able to practice Thursday.

Brad Butler practiced on a full time basis with the first unit and provided the knee feels good on Thursday, he should be in good shape to return to the lineup after a three week absence.


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Butler and Reed closer

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2008 – 5:15 pm

Brad Butler was taking first team reps at right guard at the beginning of practice Wednesday. Butler has missed the last three games with a sprained MCL. I think his chances are decent to be ready for the Monday night game.

Josh Reed is not practicing with his teammates, but was doing work on the side with the trainers and looked pretty limber driving off his ankle. If he can practice by Friday he should have an outside chance of playing.

Not practicing however, was James Hardy. Aaron Schobel was also not practicing and it looked as though Langston Walker was limited as well.


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Bills-Patriots Inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2008 – 4:41 pm

Buffalo Bills
20-Donte Whitner
25-Xavier Omon
58-Teddy Lehman
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
82-Josh Reed
94-Aaron Schobel
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

New England Patriots
22-Terrence Wheatley
29-Lewis Sanders
32-LaMont Jordan
34-Sammy Morris
52-Eric Alexander
65-Wesley Britt
74-Billy Yates
7-Matt Gutierrez – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
73 Kirk Chambers will start at right guard.
81 James Hardy will start at wide receiver.
92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end.
43 Bryan Scott will start at strong safety.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2008 – 5:41 pm

Out for Buffalo on Sunday are G Brad Butler, WR Josh Reed, DE Aaron Schobel, S Donte Whitner and CB Ashton Youboty.

Questionable for Sunday are G Jason Whittle and LB Kawika Mitchell. Both practiced on a limited basis throughout the week. Dick Jauron wouldn’t elaborate on the likelihood of them playing on Sunday.

Odds are that Kirk Chambers will play right guard on Sunday. We’ll have more details on that on the home page later this afternoon.


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Chambers at guard

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2008 – 3:59 pm

Bills swing tackle Kirk Chambers was lined up at right guard with the first unit during the portion of practice that is viewed by the media. There appears to be a chance that Chambers will line up there for the Bills on Sunday if Jason Whittle and Brad Butler are both not fit to play.

Both Butler and Whittle were out on the practice field, but have been limited in practice all week. We’ll have an update on their status for Sunday following practice.

Not practicing were Donte Whitner, Ashton Youboty, Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed.

Reed is the only one of that group in attendance.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2008 – 7:47 pm

Non-participants in practice were Ashton Youboty, Josh Reed and Donte Whitner.

Dick Jauron said there is no change in Whitner’s condition.

No word yet on what came of the consultation Aaron Schobel had with a nationally renowned podiatrist in Charlotte Wednesday.

“We’ll know a good deal more later (Thursday),” said Jauron. “He got back and he’ll have time to talk to our doctors and we’ll see where that thing goes too.”

NFL Network’s Adam Schefter however, did report that Schobel’s ailing foot would not require surgery for his reported lisfranc injury.

The good news is Kawika Mitchell was back at practice and according to Jauron performed well.

“He practiced and moved around fairly well,” said Jauron.

However Mitchell only practiced on a limited basis.

Brad Butler and Jason Whittle practiced, but both were limited as well.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2008 – 8:03 pm

Not practicing Wednesday were Kawika Mitchell (ankle), Josh Reed (ankle), Aaron Schobel (foot) and Donte Whitner (shoulder).

Limited in practice Wednesday were Brad Butler (knee), Jason Whittle (back) and Ashton Youboty (foot).

Dick Jauron said they were hopeful that Mitchell would be able to practice on Thursday. More details to come on the home page.


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Bills-NY Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2008 – 4:51 pm

Buffalo Bills
25-Xavier Omon
26-Ashton Youboty
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
82-Josh Reed
94-Aaron Schobel
97-John McCargo
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

New York Jets
1-Mike Nugent
17-David Clowney
21-Justin Miller
26-Marcus Mason
33-Eric Smith
52-David Harris
88-Bubba Franks
5-Brett Ratliff – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
65 Jason Whittle will start at right guard.
81 James Hardy will start at wide receiver.
92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end.


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Schobel, Reed, Butler not participating

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2008 – 2:57 pm

Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed were not participating for a third straight day at practice, as well as guard Brad Butler. All three are unlikely to play. We’ll get an update on official injury report designations from Dick Jauron after practice.

Ashton Youboty is practicing, but against looks limited by his lingering foot injury. It would be surprising if he’s fit to play his normal role on Sunday, but might dress in case there’s an emergency at the position.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2008 – 6:23 pm

Brad Butler, Josh Reed and Aaron Schobel did not practice Thursday for the second straight day putting their chances of playing in doubt.

Everyone else on the injury report practiced fully. Trent Edwards was added to the injury report as a matter of policy.

Since his limp was brought up and addressed by head coach Dick Jauron on Wednesday he had to be added to the report Thursday, but he participated fully for the second straight day despite a minor ankle sprain.

Marshawn Lynch was back from his excused absence for family reasons.

John Wendling, Jason Whittle and Ashton Youboty all practiced fully.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 6:49 pm

Officially listed as not practicing were Brad Butler, Josh Reed and Aaron Schobel.

Limited on Wednesday was John Wendling who had a little ankle issue late in practice.

Jason Whittle and Ashton Youboty practiced fully on Wednesday as did Terrence McGee.


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Reed not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 4:01 pm

Josh Reed is watching practice as is Brad Butler.

Melvin Fowler is practicing and appears to be sharing reps with Duke Preston at center.


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Bills-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2008 – 3:49 pm

Buffalo Bills
13-Steve Johnson
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
26-Ashton Youboty
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
94-Aaron Schobel
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

Miami Dolphins
18-Ernest Wilford
30-Casey Cramer
61-Shawn Murphy
71-Lionel Dotson
75-Nate Garner
90-Rodrique Wright

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
65 Jason Whittle will start at right guard.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2008 – 2:58 pm

Not practicing for a third straight day are Brad Butler, Aaron Schobel and Ashton Youboty. That obviously doesn’t make the prospects of any of them playing Sunday very good.

Melvin Fowler appears to again be limited as Duke Preston is taking first team reps at center.

Terrence McGee is participating again. We’ll find out after practice from coach Jauron if in fact he did more today than Thursday.


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